First Friday Family Movie: “Happy Feet”

The Canton Palace Theatre presents a FREE family-friendly movie as part of the Canton First Friday celebration “Fire & Ice”.


Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!


ADMISSION: FREE, general admission
RUN TIME: 1 hour 48 minutes

A Night of Music and Film, presented by Canton Film and the Canton Palace Theatre

Canton Film and the Canton Palace Theatre present: A Night of Music and Film, Celebrating Music Videos, Directors, and Artists.  The evening will feature music videos, Q&A with video directors, and live music performances.


Director: Nick Cavalier
Artist: Wish Queen
Video:  Magic

Director/Producer: Joe Lewis
Artist: Jean P the MC
Video:  330 Kids

Director: Daniel Carberry
Artist: Dua Lipa
Video: Let’s Get Physical

Director: Peter-John Campbell
Artist: Anya Van Rose
Video: Lucky Stars

Director: Sean McArdle
Artist: Hey Monea
Video: Duval

Live Performances By:
Jean P the MC
Hey Monea
Anya Van Rose

Doors Open: 6:30pm
Admission: $10 – General Admission Seating [tickets available in advance and at the door].  Students Free with Valid School ID.

2021 Canton Film Fest, in association with the Canton Palace Theatre, will host the 2021 Canton Film Festival in downtown Canton on April 24.   All events free and open to the public – Streaming option also available.  Reservations required by calling 330-454-8172 Monday – Friday 11am to 3pm.  Preorder concessions to pick up prior to showtime.


6:00 pm             Doors Open to the public

6:40 pm             Film Equipment Product Demo Cleveland Camera

6:50pm              Kilgen Organ pre-movie concert by Jay Spencer

7:00 pm             Public Premiere:  The Enormity of Life
Movie Synopsis: After a failed suicide attempt, a man receives a substantial inheritance from a long lost relative and meets a struggling single mom with an eccentric young daughter. Together they embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing.

8:45 pm             Post film Q&A with Eric Swinderman, Director and Carmen DeFranco, Executive Producer of The Enormity of Life moderated by Michael Wendt from Cleveland Film Commission

– We encourage everyone to watch The Enormity of Life on their own in advance of the Q&A
8:30 pm             Film Equipment Product Demo Cleveland Camera
8:45 pm             Post film Q&A with Eric Swinderman, Director of The Enormity of Life moderated by Michael Wendt from Cleveland Film Commission

About Eric Swinderman
Eric Swinderman is an Emmy nominated writer, director, and producer from Cleveland, OH. His films include the 2013 anthology film Made in Cleveland, starring Busy Philipps (Cougar Town, Freaks and Geeks) and Gillian Jacobs (Community), and The Enormity of Life, starring Breckin Meyer (Clueless, Road Trip), Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead) and Giselle Eisenberg (Life in Pieces, American Housewife) to be released April 6 on Apple TV.

Swinderman has also worked as an award-winning producer at NBC and ABC. He currently lives in Ohio with his wife Hortencia and their two daughters.

About Carmen DeFranco
Carmen DeFranco is an actor and writer, known for The Enormity of Life (2021) and Sports Jeopardy! (2014).

About Cleveland Film Commission
The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is a 501 private non-profit organization, also known as the Greater Cleveland Media Development Corporation. Its mission is to bring jobs and economic impact to Northeast Ohio through the growth of a sustainable media production industry. It accomplishes this goal through a rigorous program of attraction, advocacy, and workforce development. For more information visit:

Canton Film strives to recognize and support the often-overlooked creative community of Northeast Ohio by providing educational resources, networking, and opportunities to showcase the work of independent artists and filmmakers. For more information visit:

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council

CANCELLED: 2020 Canton Film Fest

As of March 19, 2020 the Canton Film Fest for 2020 has been cancelled.  Refunds for the base price of tickets already purchased will be processed at the point of sale.  Thank you., in association with the Canton Palace Theatre, will host the 2020 Canton Film Festival in downtown Canton on April 25.

4:30PM           Doors Open
5:00PM           Documentary Screening: Like Harvey Like Son
6:39PM           Documentary Ends
6:40PM           Q&A with Harvey Lewis
7:15PM           Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) Winning Short Films
8:45PM           CIFF Q&A
9:15PM           Event Ends

Tickets: $15 Day Pass
$10 for Like Harvey Like Son only
$5 for the CIFF films only

“We the Parents”, presented by the Greater Stark County Urban League

The Greater Stark County Urban League hosts a night of film and discussion centered around the documentary, We the Parents.


We the Parents, a feature documentary film, follows the people and events surrounding the first ever school transformation under California’s ‘Parent Trigger’ law. Parents, with the help of the non-profit group Parent Revolution, gather signatures from over 51% of the families at McKinley Elementary School in Compton, CA. When their petitions are turned in to the district, demanding that a charter school take over McKinley, the controversy begins. Everyday people, who simply want a better life for their children, suddenly find themselves doing extraordinary things: appearing on television, speaking at press conferences, lobbying in the state capital, and becoming community leaders. On their journey they inspire a national movement and discover that education is a political beast.



RATED: Not Rated
RUN TIME: 1 hour, 2 minutes

Documentary Premiere: “Stark Men of Steel”

See the feature-length film at the Premier Showing Friday, March 22, 2024 at 5:30PM at the Canton Palace Theatre.

Synopsis: The film spans the introduction of the steel industry through its rise and decline in this Northeastern Ohio county. Filmed between 2016-2023, Stark Men of Steel includes the stories of men and women Steelworkers and the impact of their labor to their lives, families and the Community. There is an historical overview about the steel companies and their contribution to Ohio and the Country included. The films serves as an historical record of steel in Stark County Ohio.

More info here:


ADMISSION: $6, general admission.  Children under 12 are FREE and must have a ticket and be accompanied by a parent or guardian for entry.  Presale tickets available for purchase HERE.  Tickets also available at the door.
RATED: All Audiences
RUN TIME: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Canton Movie Premiere: “Hollywood, Teach Us to Pray”

Join us for this special engagement of the documentary “Hollywood, Teach Us to Pray”.

Q&A with filmmakers to follow after the movie.


Hollywood, Teach Us to Pray offers a roller coaster ride through American film history, highlighting the inclusion of prayers in movie narratives, as plot turning points (African Queen), spiritual weapons (Election), cultural markers (It’s a Wonderful Life), dramatic tour de forces (Bad Times at the El Royale), comedy (Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Talladega Nights), westerns (Pale Rider and Rooster Cogburn) and traces of transcendence (Tree of Life). People of all races, genders, ethnic groups, ages, economic status, and spiritual conditions talk, shout, whisper, haggle, cry, sing, and wrestle with God.

One finds the efficacy of prayers in films even more remarkable, as a Brown/Fraser study demonstrated that God seems to answer over 80% of movie prayer requests. Perhaps no other ritual exposes the deep needs and longings of the human heart, or its hopes and joy. Cinematic prayers dot the landscapes of western, horror, science fiction, musical, dramatic, and comedy films and each one resonates with audiences in enduring ways.

With interviews with directors like Robert Benton, Michael Schultz, and David Anspaugh, critics like Justin Chang and Leonard Maltin, and religious personalities like Father James Martin, Professor Robert Johnston, and Sister Helen Prejean, Hollywood, Teach Us to Pray opens the windows of cinema to the heavens.


ADMISSION: $10, general admission.
RUN TIME: 1 hour, 38 minutes

Documentary: “Lethal Nationalism”

Lethal Nationalism
Genocide of the Greeks
1913 – 1923

The powerful documentary film tells the largely forgotten, historically accurate story of the genocide of the Greeks – and other indigenous people of the region – at the hands of the Ottoman and Nationalist Turks over a ten-year period in the early 20th century. This harrowing true story is told via the voices of brave survivors and renowned historians and visualized by archival film, documentary photos, and artist renderings.

Nearly one-million Greeks were killed, many literally marched to their deaths, while millions more were uprooted from their ancestral homes in Asia Minor, Pontos, and Eastern Thrace (in present-day Turkey) as part of the Turkish campaign of ethnic cleansing of its non-Turkish Christian populations. This horrific genocide also included the systematic eradication of massive Armenian and Assyrian populations. This is a true story, told mainly from the Greek perspective. It has been carefully infused with the political dynamics – at every phase before, during, and after WWI – of the turbulent years from 1913 to 1923.

Bill Kurtis, the legendary voice of many award-winning documentaries and a heralded anchorman, narrates this powerful documentary, which deeply touched his heart. “This production is one of the most important projects that I’ve ever been associated with and it provides a sobering lesson as to why we should never forget the suffering that is caused by genocide.” -Bill Kurtis

This documentary was produced and directed – for nearly a decade – by Chicago-based director Peter Lambrinatos. His father, Spiro, served as a producer. Longtime Hellenic activist George Mavropoulos, who is featured in the film, also served as a producer through his Asia Minor and Pontos Research Center, which he also leads.

The tragic events of this first genocide of the 20th century have largely been forgotten. Had the world responded forcefully to this tragedy, many genocides – and the Holocaust – would likely have been avoided. Hitler unfortunately took note of the world’s silence. The voices of those martyred will no longer be silenced. The mantra “never again” must be repeated.

Audiences have been moved after screening this masterful film. It’s an experience that will never be forgotten, especially when viewed on the big screen, as it’s being shown at the Canton Palace Theatre on September 23, 2022. Q&A to follow with the filmmakers.

One night only on the big screen. Do not miss this life-changing event. Proceeds from the screening go to the AMPRC. The truth must be told.


ADMISSION: $10, general admission.
RATED: Not Rated
RUN TIME: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Canton Movie Premiere: “Cliffs of Freedom”

Join us for this special engagement to see the epic film ‘Cliffs of Freedom’ in Canton, OH.

Cliffs of Freedom is the story of an ill-fated romance between young Greek village girl Anna Christina and a conflicted Turkish officer named Tariq during the dawn of the Greek War for Independence against the Ottoman Empire in 1821. When their budding romance brings tragedy to her village, she swears revenge against the Turks and joins the Greek rebellion, inadvertently becoming a local symbol of the Greek resistance movement but the pair cannot deny their feelings for each other. Their encounters and skirmishes inevitably lead to a tragic confrontation during a pivotal battle between the Greeks and Turks that will change the course of history.

Movie starts 2:00pm sharp. Please give yourself enough time to park, check-in and find a seat.


ADMISSION: $12 at the door.
RATED: The Motion Picture Association of America rated the film R for “Bloody violence”. R is for “RESTRICTED”, under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

First Friday Family Movie: “The Lego Movie”

The Canton Palace Theatre presents a FREE family-friendly movie as part of the Canton First Friday celebration “Lego Mania”.


An ordinary LEGO construction worker, thought to be the prophesied as “special”, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the LEGO universe into eternal stasis.


ADMISSION: FREE, general admission. No tickets required.
RUN TIME: 1 hour 40 minutes


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